Becoming Enrolled

Once you have applied and been admitted to the college, there are a few steps you need to complete in order to become enrolled as a student at Normandale. We recommend you complete these steps as early as possible. The number of steps you will need to complete will vary depending on your student type. 

Registration Steps
Student Type Required Optional
Degree Seeking (applied) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 5
Non Degree Seeking (applied) 3, 4, 6 1
Visiting Student (no application)

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact us at

Follow These Steps:

Step 1) Complete the Placement Tests

Due to ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, significant modifications to our existing placement practices are required. Most notably, this includes suspending all in-person and online course placement testing and services until further notice.  Click here for details on how to satisfy placements.

Step 2) Register for Advising & Registration


Attend an Advising and Registration session
In response to the recommendations from the Governor's office, we will be cancelling all on campus New Student Advising and Registration sessions and moving this material to an online format. Updated information will be
   added as it's available.

New students will register for the first time at an Advising & Registration (A&R) session.  During your A&R session you will receive advice on how to achieve academic success at the College. Advisors and Counselors are also available to help you select an appropriate course schedule based on your interest, abilities and goals.  

Step 3) Activate Your Star ID

You will need to activate your Star ID to access your campus information and other campus services.

If you applied online, you created a StarID and password to get started.  If you don't remember your StarID and password, click on "What is my Star ID". 
If you applied on paper, click on "Activate My Star ID".
  • If you are certain you included your Social Security number on your application and you know your Student ID click on the "I know Tech ID (Student ID)" link, then follow the prompts.

  • If you are not sure, or you know you did not provide your social security number on your application for Normandale, you will have to activate your StarID by selecting "I know my email address" and use the persoanl email address you provided on your Normandale application. If you use the personal email option, a verification code will be sent to that email address. Return to the StarID site and select the 'I have a verification code' option, entering the code sent to your email and create a password.  If you require assistance, please contact the Normandale ITS Help Desk at 952-358-8181.  

  • If your StarID is already activated, but you are having difficulty using it to log in, you may only need to reset your password.

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Step 4) Your Student Email Account

The College has provided an email account to you. Your Normandale email is THE primary means of communication.   It is important that you access this account and check it frequently for updates.

Normandale will use this account to send your student information that is protected by data privacy laws.  Important notices and information about registration, tuition payments, financial aid, and much more will also be sent to this address on a regular basis.

You will need your StarID and Password  (see Step 3) to access your student email account for the first time.   If you need assistance, please contact the Normandale ITS Helpdesk at 952-358-8181.

Step 5) Apply for Financial Aid

Complete FAFSA

All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at each year to establish eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and work study.

Complete information on how to apply for financial aid is available on the Financial Aid and Scholarship website.

If the college has not received your FAFSA results by the payment deadline date, you will need to make other arrangements for payment of tuition, fees and books. Your options include cash, credit card or the Nelnet Payment Plan. Your expenses may be reimbursed with the receipt of financial aid later in the term.

Step 6) Pay Your Tuition and Fees

Payment Options

Tuition payment deadlines occur throughout the enrollment cycle based on the date your register.  If the college has not received your FAFASA (financial aid application) results by the due date, your tuition and fees must be paid or have a deferred payment option in place.   For information on additional payment dates as well as all financing options available to help you in meeting your tuition and fee obligations, please visit the Normandale website at  

You may be dropped from classes if you have not made payment in full or payment arrangements by the established payment deadline.